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A Mid-Week Update

Until today, I had done well with my meal plan. Today… I just couldn’t seem to resist chocolate. One day of indulgence isn’t too bad. I just need to be sure to control my impulses for the rest of the week. I am looking forward to my run tomorrow. I wasn’t able to run on Tuesday. We had doctors’ appointments and Sammi needed more blood work done. Bleh. However, I did walk all around Pike Street Market. If you haven’t been there, it is a huge place. It was my first time seeing it. I don’t know what I expected, but it wasn’t that lol. I enjoyed myself and Sammi seemed pretty interested in all the goings-ons as well.

I have changed gyms. I decided it was not worth my time to drive all the way out to my old gym only to get in maybe 10 minutes before the nursery calls me in to take care of Sam. My new gym has all the same classes, is nearly $40 less per month, is 5 minutes from my house (rather than 30 minutes), and I can receive passes to visit other gyms across the country (will be handy when I visit my bro and mom in December). I will miss the indoor track. A treadmill really isn’t the same as running on the ground. However, I haven’t even been going to the gym to run. I have been going to the animal shelter walking paths. So, I think it all works out. If the weather is really too poor for me to run outside, I can use a treadmill every once in a while.

 

Butterflies

I’ve been thinking about butterflies a lot lately. Partly because it would have been my sister-in-law’s birthday a few weeks ago and I have always associated butterflies with her. I have also been watching Sammi become MORE. This week he has discovered that he can get around. It isn’t exactly crawling. I also wouldn’t call it scooting. Maybe more like a cross between crawling and flopping. Whatever it is, it gets him to where he wants to go. Today, he managed to get from a seated position into a crawling position all on his own for the first time.

These are milestones that I know I celebrated with my oldest, but I never had to work as hard with him to get to these milestones. I don’t know why Sam is having so much trouble. Neither do the docs. The one test we were depending on to actually give us answers had nothing to say. It was a relief to find out he has nothing wrong, but a little frustrating at the same time. I have seen him start to improve with the help of occupational therapy and he really started doing things when we made sure to add B12 and a multivitamin + iron into his diet. It’s possible that he was just unable to derive certain vitamins in the quantities he needed from my breastmilk and from food.

Whatever it is, I do see him improving. He is still behind, but he is not getting more behind. That is encouraging.

I went running today for the first time in a few weeks. I decided to restart Week 1, Day 1 of C25K. I ran up and down slightly hilly terrain. My legs now hate me. My lungs weren’t so happy, either. Tomorrow, I aim to get to a BodyPump class at my gym. I feel like I am starting to get back on track.

Holy Stress Eating, Batman!

I don’t know when it started, but I need to stop it. Now. I have gained about 5 lbs since May. I think. I have been too afraid to weigh in. Yes, I have a lot going on in my life. This should not be an excuse to overindulge. I will have some free time tomorrow afternoon, so I will create a weekly menu. I really do very well with my eating habits if I have a list I can follow. It must be a neurotic thing.

We still have no answers on what is going on with my baby. He is improving, but is still about 4 months behind on his gross motor skills. And he seems to stay about 4 months behind. We are working to get the insurance to cover genetic testing, but they are really dragging their feet on this test. In the meantime, we have been having just about every other test possible done, with no clear answers. I really think the genetic testing will tell us something. At least let us know if Sammi will require specialized care and therapy for the rest of his life.

He had an MRI done last week. I hated that. I was there when they put him under so he would not move during the MRI. I wanted to be there when he woke up, but he was mostly awake when they brought him in to us. He still had his eyes closed, so at least we were the first people he saw. I had a hard time watching them put him to sleep.

The MRI results came back as “mostly normal.” Hehe. They found a small cyst near his pituitary gland. This appears to be a relatively common thing and I have been told by a few doctors that it is nothing to worry about now, but to keep an eye on Sammi. If he starts to get headaches, then we may need to take another look at that cyst.

I have had 3 moles taken off of my back and am now waiting for the lab results. Cuz I really need more medical crap going on.

There. That is my irritable catching-up blog.

Well, the idea was a good one…

So much for my list haha. Sam caught some sort of virus and was vomiting most of Thursday and part of Friday. He seems to be better today, but is still sleeping. At least he did not wake up in the middle of the night throwing up all over his crib. If he does well today, I will take the boys swimming tomorrow. Poor guy.

Getting back into the groove.

I have slacked on my exercise. I am working on getting better at not doing that (slacking I mean). I worked on a weekly schedule that will incorporate classes & use of weights at my gym with my running. I have determined not to beat myself up if I can not keep this schedule. Things happen. Like the kids not waking up until nearly 10am today. I depend on them to wake me up by 8am hehe. This meant that I missed the morning yoga class. I had hoped to make it up with this evenings yoga class, but the youngest is still napping and that class starts in 25 minutes.

To help me make it more real, I am going to write out my schedule here:

Sunday: Swimming (this is the one day the gym does not have child care, so I have designated Sunday as family swim day.)
Monday: 8:20 am Running, 9:20 Body Pump (I did this class for the 1st time this past Monday… I still can’t bend my legs very well.)
Tuesday: 5:05 pm Body Attack (I missed this class yesterday because I could not bend my legs)
Wednesday: 9:30 am weight machines, 10:30 am yoga
Thursday: 8:30 am Run, 9:20 am Body Vive
Friday: 3:30 pm Weight Machines, 4:30 Body Step
Sat: 9:00 am Run

As of my last check-in with my complementary personal trainer thing for joining the gym, I lost 4 lbs and a little more than 1 inch in the month since I started my gym membership. I felt pretty encouraged by this since I felt I had not been working out as much as I could have been. I missed a full week due to being sick and Sam has been so crabby lately that I can’t get in a full workout without the child care people coming to get me. I will be über happy when those FOUR top teeth finish coming in.  Poor baby.

Sam’s doc requested metabolic and genetic testing to figure out what is going on with him. The metabolic results showed he has a B12 deficiency, which could actually explain some of his weakness. Everything else in that test came out normal, which means that muscular dystrophy has been ruled out. It could take about 2 more months for the genetic tests to come back. He is now scheduled for an MRI in July. I am not looking forward to that one.
He has been in occupational therapy for 2 weeks now and seems to be improving with that. She (the therapist) also shows us all kinds of playtime exercises to do at home.  So, I pretty much play with him during my free time, do his stretches during diaper changing and nursing, and my husband works with him before and after work.

Now, to rant on things people ask me:

Q: “Do you hold him too much?”
A: No. If any baby in the history of mankind has been held too much, I would like to see it. I held and snuggled my older son waaay more than I do Sammi and he physically developed at a faster rate than normal. This is not to say that I do not hold Sam, I am just so busy with another kid and with forcing Sam to exercise that I just can not hold him as much as I would like to. I cherish our nursing times since that is when I can hold him and not make him work his arms and legs (the stretches are quick and he can just rest while I do them). I hate this question with a passion and I get it constantly.

Q: “Don’t you force him to hold up his head?”
A: This is a dumb question. It doesn’t piss me off as much as the above question, yet, but it is getting there. To answer seriously: yes, yes I do force him to hold up his head. I do that because he does not have the muscle tone needed to get his head up on his own.

Q: “Do you let him lay down too much?”
A: WTF. Do you want me to hold him or not hold him??? He has a lot of tummy time, so I guess he is laying down a lot… exercising. I stopped using devices that allowed him to lay down and do nothing when he was 4 months old: baby bouncer and swing (that was all I had for him in that category). I sold them and bought a Bright Starts Bounce Bounce Baby. My hope was that he would look up at the toys and reach for them more. Sometimes he does, but mostly he stands in it with his head resting on the ledge. It’s pretty pitiful.

I guess I get annoyed with the questions people come up with because I feel as if he/she is attacking my mothering skillz. I know I am a good momma and I know I shouldn’t let these things bother me, but they do. There is a level of insecurity where I have to wonder if his lack of muscle tone is due to something I did or did not do. Logically, I know this is not the case, but there is still that worry in the back of my mind.

 

Annnd she’s off!

I started up on the C25K program again today. It felt great. It also hurt lol. I am terribly out-of-shape. I am working on it. I will be doing the machine thingies and yoga at the gym tomorrow (er I guess today since I have once again stayed up too late). I have subscribed to Tight Bod With A Pod and Run Like A Mother on Facebook. One of them said that a goal for today would be to push harder for a portion of my run. So I did. Since I started over on the C25K program, I pushed harder on one of my 60 second runs. And I could feel it immediately. I think I need to do that every time I run. I am so slow… maybe it will help to up my speed.

Today I ran 1 2/3 miles. Not the greatest, but not terrible either.

I will be making two more new vegetarian recipes tomorrow for dinner. I still have to post two others that I made two weeks ago. I slacked last week on that. I don’t know what happened to last week. I pretty much got absolutely nothing accomplished. My oldest had a fever early in the week, maybe it was a slight bug that pulled me down a bit or something. I know that we have eaten out way more than we should lately. I will be going grocery shopping tomorrow, so maybe I can put a stop to that.

Yikes. Way behind on updating.

I have put off my exercise schedule for the time being. I need to concentrate more on my baby boy than on keeping a schedule. I will get exercise in as I can, but I will not stress about it. I will continue with a running regime once he can hold his head better. As it is, we need to work with him to get him to the head holding milestone. We have had to take him to Seattle for therapist appointments and I have started to have therapists come to my house. So far, it just appears that his neck muscles are weak and need to be worked on. So, much more tummy time and various other exercises to work on those neck muscles. He hates it, but there is already improvement. I got a picture of him the other day doing his first “baby push-ups.” It is a fuzzy pic, but you can still see what he is doing.

I am hoping he will be caught up to his milestone markers by the time we go to Minnesota at the end of June. That way I will not have to lug around the baby seat in the airport. I would like to use a smaller stroller. The thought of having to lug around a lot in airports with 2 kids makes my hands sweaty.

There are few things as sad as

a sick baby. I’ve been getting about 4 hours of sleep for the past couple of nights. Poor Sam has tested RSV positive and is absolutely miserable. He does seem better today than yesterday. I am just hoping this does not last the 2 weeks that I keep reading about. I think I will go nuts from lack of sleep. This has also put my exercise schedule on hold. I do plan on doing some yoga today, if he takes a nap after big brother goes to school. Sol is in afternoon kindergarten, so he will be going to school in about an hour and half.

I am very much afraid that this could lead to Sam getting pneumonia or bronchitis. All I can do for now is to pump myself full of vitamin C and make sure to keep nursing him as much as he will let me.

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